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On Thursday 16 May 2019, Mark Hassell of Eric Hassell Shipping and Camilla Warren of St Nicholas Abbey presented a brand-new state of the art incubator valued at $49,000.00 to the Dr Angela Jennings, Head of the Paediatrics Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Eric Hassell Shipping and St. Nicholas Abbey partnered to raise funds for the incubator, with the proceeds from the St Nicholas Abbey’s Annual Christmas Carols event going towards the incubator’s purchase.
Over the past 7 years St Nicholas Abbey has donated equipment to the children’s ward of the QEH through funds raised from its Annual Christmas Carols event. Previously donated items include a new born hearing test, vision screening machine, vital signs monitor, incubator accessories and more. “It is a pleasure to enjoy this long-standing relationship with the QEH.” said Camilla Warren. She further stated “This year is particularly special as our long-standing dream of donating an incubator is finally being realized thanks to our partnership with Eric Hassell Shipping to whom we are so very grateful. This piece of equipment will be vital in saving the lives of premature and sick babies.” Camilla also noted that in addition to the Abbey’s philanthropic relationship with the QEH, she and her husband Simon Warren also distribute children’s Christmas gifts donated by visitors at the Annual Christmas Carols event to disadvantaged local children.
Eric Hassell Shipping is a 3rd generation family owned and operated shipping and logistics company celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. In celebration of reaching this milestone, the company is making several donations to schools, charities and other worthy causes in the community. “When the board of directors heard about the initiative to donate an incubator to QEH, we thought it was a unique opportunity to give back to the community, and immediately entered into partnership with Simon and Camilla to get this done” said Mark Hassell, company director at Eric Hassell Shipping.
Dr. Angela Jennings, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit indicated that the incubator would be used to help babies survive outside of the womb, by providing the newborn with the environmental conditions needed to thrive while in the Unit. Jennings concluded by stating that the Department of Paediatrics and the QEH were grateful to Eric Hassell Shipping and St Nicholas Abbey for their generosity and commitment to the NICU.